Iomega Zip problems

Dominic Mitchell dom at
Wed May 23 18:29:36 BST 2001

On Wed, May 23, 2001 at 05:22:46PM +0100, Dr R D Gidden wrote:
> Hi!
> I have a 486 dx4/100, 16MB with an Iomega Zip100 internal 
> IDE drive on primary slave slot.  OS is 4.2-RELEASE.
> The drive is recognized (with a zip FD in it):
>   afd0: 96MB <IOMEGA ZIP 100 ATAPI Floppy>
> following ,
> I did:
>   dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/afd0 count=2  <no error>
>   disklabel -Brw afd0 zip100            <no error>

Try setting the disklabel type to "auto".

>   newfs /dev/afd0                  '0' partition is unavailable

You'll probably want to use afd0a here (the first partition).

> tried:
>   newfs /dev/afd0c
> errors:
>   afd0: WRITE_BIG - ILLEGAL REQUEST asc=21 ascq=00 error=00
>   write error 196607
> any ideas?  help gratefully received.

Using partition 'c' is not generally reccomended, try "a" instead.

You may find that you have more luck with mtools from the ports and
using them as an msdos file system.


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